6.2: Building Employment Capacity for Homeless Families

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6.2: Building Employment Capacity for Homeless Families

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6.2: Building Employment Capacity for Homeless Families

  1. 1. Building Employment Capacity for Homeless FamiliesFriday, February 11th, 2011<br />Tess Gilman, Manager of Education & Employment<br />www.firstplaceforyouth.org<br />
  2. 2. The Need-Homelessness and Poverty<br />Homeless youth and their families have multiple barriers to employment and financial stability.<br />Age<br />Skills<br />Lack of experience<br />Low educational attainment<br />Mental health and cognitive disabilities<br />Behavioral barriers<br />Lack of jobs<br />
  3. 3. Addressing the Need: Overview of First Place for Youth Programs<br />Stable housing programs<br />Holistic approach to education and employment services<br />Healthy Living/ Financial literacy<br />
  4. 4. Where are we now?<br />Outcomes of First Place Programs: <br />77% Employment Retention at Exit<br />63% Achieved HSD or GED<br />52% Enrolled in Post Secondary Education<br />84% Exit program with stable housing<br />Continued Expansion<br />Increased Funding<br />
  5. 5. Strategies for Success<br />Employment Readiness and Support<br />Measuring Success and Gaps<br />Partnerships with Employers and Organizations –See handout<br />
  6. 6. Looking to the Future<br />Economy/ Lack of Jobs<br />Thinking outside of the box<br /><ul><li>Managing client frustration and disappointment in the job market</li>

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